Shochu

When it comes to local alcoholic beverages, Kagoshima is synonymous with Shochu, a distilled liquor made from locally grown sweet potatoes.

Shochu is stronger than sake (which is made from rice) or wine, but weaker than other liquors such as whiskey and vod…

Restaurants

To be honest, being a relatively small town, Kimotsuki does not have any fancy upscale restaurants like in other big cities. Most of our restaurants are for local people except for a few really great ones which are often visited by people from other towns and …

Seafood

When you hear the word “Japanese food or cuisine,” the chances are that you think of fresh seafood, including Sashimi or raw fish. Seafood is also what you eat at a Sushi restaurant.

When it comes to seafood, Kimotsuki has got one of the best fishing ports …

Rice

Traditionally rice has had a special place in Japanese culture and in people’s mind. You might as well say that it is the soul of Japan.

Though in recent decades, the consumption of rice has decreased as Japanese eating habit has become more Westernized, it…

Sweets

Wagashi, Japanese sweets, are usually made from plant ingredients, therefore not too sweet like their Western counterparts. They are pretty healthy in fact, as long as you do not eat too much, of course.

There are a variety of Wagashi available throughout J…

Sweet Potato

Originally imported from China through Okinawa, sweet potato is called “Kara-imo” or “potato from China” here in Kagoshima, but in the rest of Japan is called “Satsuma-imo” which literally means “potato from Satsuma,” the old name for Kagoshima. It spread out …

Kagoshima Black Pork and Beef

In Satsuma, now Kagoshima, eating pork was nothing special, calling the pork a “walking vegetable.” That was rarity in other regions. It is said that soldiers of Satsuma took pigs even to a battlefield. That shows how much they loved the meat.

That being th…